"The Original Virginia City" Top 5 Page for this destination Virginia City by Geoff_Wright
Virginia City Travel Guide: 48 reviews and 94 photos
Sitting in my motel room in Nevada I was surprised to find 'Virginia City' shown on my map, and as it wasn't that far away, I set off next morning to see a town that almost everyone who has ever watched TV must have heard about. No? So you've not heard of the TV series 'Bonanza'? Well, it was apparently filmed near here.
Virginia City is really no larger than a small town these days. situated in western Nevada, Southeast of Reno at an altitude of 6,500 feet. It was founded in 1859, when rich deposits of gold and silver, notably the famous Comstock Lode, were discovered nearby. During the 1870's Virginia City was the mining metropolis of the West, with a population of some 35,000. It had fine residences, clubs, restaurants, an opera house, several churches, and 110 saloons. The first newspaper printed in the state, the Territorial Enterprise*, was published here after 1861.
Fancy me meeting Mary here, in Virginia City? Hahaha. Sweetwater John told me that he had only caught 'Mary' in February, and she was already 'user friendly'. For a Dollar (more or less) you can have a conversation with John, and his donkey if you wish, and have a photo taken too.
- Pros:If you are near lake Tahoe, just get youursel here!
- Cons:Touristic, but great all the same
- In a nutshell:Don't miss seeing a real wild west town!
Yes, there's loads to see and do in Virginia City. Unfortunately I never had the time to stay here to see it all, or... more travel advice
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